BR Tops, up for review, plus Everlane & Pilcro pants

Hi, all! 

I'm still on the hunt for new summer tops, considering many if not most of mine are well past their best-before dates. 

Up for review, a few from BR. The first top pictured in Finds is going straight back. It is see-through, and the armholes are cut way too deep. Note to self: you can't always trust the positive reviews. NEXT. 

The Laurel French Cuff shirt is an extremely boxy top. It is nice quality cotton, crisp. It has a lovely cuff detail, as the name suggests. I like the self-pattern mix. 

Is it too boxy or too oversized? I think it works, in part because it is short, and because my arms are visible, which adds structure? But I might be entirely wrong. 

Trying it a couple of ways. First with the Everlane barrel leg utility pant, which seems like a no-brainer. These are super comfy and lightweight -- a late spring/ summer pant. Size down if you buy.

Next, trying with the long wide legs. Then it occurred to me that it could be worn layered, almost like a little summer jacket. Trying it with a few tops underneath.

I also rolled up a hem on the wide legs to try to imagine the proportions with a cropped wide leg, which would be much more realistic for my summer than a full length pant. Would the proportions work with crops? 

The second top is a linen utility shirt. Nice quality, not see-through, maybe a bit like a dental hygienist's outfit? But I like it with the (still wrinkly)  linen cargo skirt. Also trying tucked and untucked with the Boden floral skirt. (on sale now, for those interested.) 

I also tried it with another new pant -- the Pilcro beach cargo jean. These are a summer-weight item, with a lot of tencel. Mid-rise, not high rise (maybe even verging on low rise, on me!). I have some close up photos of this pant I will show in another thread. It has very clever seaming down the front, fun pocket details, etc. And if you are shorter, this jean is for you! I will unapologetically say I like this ten times better on me than in the stock photo. 

I'd love any thoughts you might have! Thank you! 

Note -- these aren't exactly "outfits." Just quick try ons. 

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  • Tanya replied 1 year ago

    Love, love the striped shirt on you, Suz!  It is magnificent!   You styled it beautifully, and I think it would work with wide crops, too.  I only don't care for it over the floral top in #7, but is just the mix of patterns, the proportions are excellent.   I really like the utility shirt, too, all the ways, and especially with the linen skirt.   Those cargo jeans are spectacular on you and indeed much better than on the model   Great haul!

  • jussie replied 1 year ago

    I love the striped shirt!! So perfect on you. I also think the white linen shirt is good, maybe not the most exciting top in the world but decent enough if it’s an item you feel will bring more utility to your wardrobe. And let’s face it, plain shirts usually do. I don’t think it’s too dental hygienist-y.
    With the seamed pants, the models choice of shoe just doesn’t seem quite right for the pants does it? Especially with where the pants fall on her leg. I prefer them on you, closer to a full length.

  • Irina replied 1 year ago

    I love the BR striped shirt on you but I might be biased, I have very similar one from Everlane. And generally, I wear boxy, cropped shirts and tops with any bottoms. Love Everlane’s pants, too. Together it looks to me like a fab summer outfit. I’m not into this style cargo pants and don’t have anything helpful to say, maybe they should be tighter at the bottom?

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    I like both BR shirts.  There are so many different ways you can wear them.  Great pieces.  I also like the cargo jeans.  
    I am looking for summer tops too.  BR seems to have some good ones.

  • Indigoprint replied 1 year ago

    Yes keepers fer sure. Love the stripes and a white linen is indespensible !!

  • LJP replied 1 year ago

    Wow - that striped shirt is fantastic ! I love it worn buttoned up AND opened, which I don't normally go for . Definite keep.  The second white cotton top is cute,  but I might not pair it with white pants if you want to avoid the dental office vibe ;)  The white barrel pants are terrific  - you really hit it out of the park with this whole order!      The Pilcro pants are cute on you too , and tencel would be a great summer fabric for you.  

    I was in the BR Outlet store on Wednesday when they were merchandising this collection and putting out all the new stuff - I did see a few pieces I'll go back and check out further.  I'm now ambivalent about the whole cargo/parachute trend as it's permeated EVERY mall brand and price point to the point where you can't go in a store and not see them.  But - that's just me.  

  • morethanbeige replied 1 year ago

    I love the striped shirt on you! #4 is my fave. I like the other BR shirt too--with barrel pants, both skirts, and cargo pants. I admire all the styling. I also really like the cargo pants--fabulous look on you (and yes better than on model!)

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thanks for all these thoughts -- very helpful. Mr. Suz likes the striped top, too, so I think I will keep that one for sure. It doesn't work so well with faded denim (the blues clash) but with dark denim and white or off-white it works well, and I have several white bottoms and one dark denim. It will certainly be supremely cool because of how it stands away from the body. 

    Tanya, right -- I wasn't crazy about that pattern mix, either, (floral and stripe) but I thought it was worth a try! 

    Jussie, that's it -- sometimes a plain shirt is the only thing that will do, and with a few of my patterned bottoms it's pretty much necessary. 

    Irina, thanks -- if it works to your highly trained eye it is likely okay! 

    Style Fan, yes, definitely take a look at BR this season. They also have a lot of earthy colours that are good for you. But beware -- the quality is mixed! 

    Indigoprint -- thanks! 

    Lisa, I hear you on that all-white outfit That was my feeling, too. Since I definitely don't have the training to be a hygienist, I'd better stay away from that! 

    As for the cargo trend, yep, the market is saturated, for sure. But I'm enjoying it for now. Two pairs of pants (one fall/ winter/ early spring and one summer) and a cargo-lite summer skirt are ok for me. What I like about my burgundy Aritzias: 1). comfort (wearing them now and they are just so easy); 2). the drama; 3). the colour, which really fills a wardrobe hole for me.

    I think the pants may have a limited lifespan (but I'll bet I get 2 seasons from each, at least) whereas the skirt will be wearable long after the trend has passed because it's not so noticeably "cargo." 

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    I think the new additions are great. I love the white pants on you and the shirt is great as a little jacket too. The white blouse is a very useful essential.

    It’s nice when there are a few keepers!!

  • Bonnie replied 1 year ago

    These will work well for hot summer days. My favorite try ons are #4 and #13. The Pilcro jeans do look at least ten times better on you.

  • Jaime replied 1 year ago

    The striped shirt was made for you and, although this is old news, I must reiterate how much I love those long wide jeans on you! I also really like the collar and neckline of the white shirt a lot. And the beach jeans are super fun! Some pretty impressive picking!

  • LJP replied 1 year ago

    Sorry - I went back to reread and possibly edit my cargo comment .

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Lisa -- no need to edit. Your feelings are your feelings! I don't object! And I do understand about trends that oversaturate the market. For me, if they work for me personally -- I'm okay with that (until I get bored). If they don't work (like earth tones, ditsy prints, cold shoulders, ruffles, or tunics over skinnies, in my own case) well, I get very, very tired, very very fast! So I understand how someone might get turned off quite fast. 

    As we often say here -- I think it's about milking the trends that suit us and work for our lifestyle. This one happens to be working pretty well for me but I can easily understand how it is not everyone's cup of tea. 

  • LJP replied 1 year ago

    Absolutely - and I do it too ! I need not to be near a keyboard when I’m annoyed at something else ;)

  • Olive Green replied 1 year ago

    The striped shirt is particularly great with the dark blue trousers, the contrast really makes it. 
    Seems like you are getting more casual in some styles? It looks very expansive on you, somehow? Relaxed suits you as well as crisp and more structured. 

  • Dee replied 1 year ago

    Definitely adore the striped top, especially love it open with the dark wide legs in # 4, exactly something I'd wear.

    White shirt looks so fab with your cargo skirt and cargo pants. I haven't spotted any cargos yet that I thought were exactly "me" but there's something about your cargo pants that has me rethinking them.

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    I LOVE that striped shirt! Somehow the mixed stripe creates a flattering effect despite the boxy shape. And more love for the Pilcro pants (I love a good Tencel garment) and would try them myself, but I suspect they may be too short for me. Great new items!

  • slim cat replied 1 year ago

    Love both tops and new pants  - keepers! The striped shirt is fab on you - total love! I'd wear it open and try simple dark tank tops under it or graphic tees - just to keep such fab top a star of the outfit ;-) .
    The balloon pants are so much fun! I love seeing new interesting shapes taking over some more established styles.

  • Kyle replied 1 year ago

    I always like the idea of boxy tops, but not the reality. But this boxy top is the exception! It’s wonderful, and I like it best with the cropped jean you’ve pinned. Looks terrific closed and open, which I would not have thought to do.

    The linen top and PIlcro jeans are also quite nice. I even like the all-white outfit. Perhaps you’d feel less medical if you wore it with non-white footwear and bag and/or jewelry? Great finds, Suz.

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    I love that striped shirt, good shape maybe as I like boxy top. It's fantastic with white pants. The other white top is beautiful with white pants. You look really amazing.

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    I think that striped top is awesome sauce, Suz!  I was meh about the white top, until I got to outfit #13!  Quite like it styled with the parachute pants.  

    LOL!  My latest purchase is a blue and white striped shirt that I plan to wear with…the new white ‘mom fit’ jeans I picked up!  I’m a sucker for blue and white stripes….

  • Jasmine Park replied 1 year ago

    I love your clean and classic vibes. Especially, very simple but include all statements like basic stripe shirt with vibrant lt. sky blue color. Perfect!

  • Debbie replied 1 year ago

    Suz-I love all of your items. I bought that striped shirt it’s white. I need to style it after I iron it. I think both of us will get a lot of wear out of that shirt.The white linen top is very looks like you are going to have a great spring.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    I love the tops. My only thought is, is the striped too ‘drafty’? Or would you always wear it as a topper? I have a thing about air invading up my shirts, lol :)

  • Zaeobi replied 1 year ago

    Drat, looks like my comment disappeared... The tops all look great, & you definitely don't look like a dental hygienist in the last one! In fact, I just saw a long sleeved jumper with a similar neckline at Seasalt Cornwall, so I guess it's a trending style :D

    But maybe not in all white, if you feel that way? (Although out here, medical staff tend to dress in pastels - it's the chefs & kitchen staff that dress all in white, lol!) ;)

    The dark wash wide legs look particularly fab in #4 too

  • RobinF replied 1 year ago

    Great new pieces! I love the boxy top, especially with the long jeans - makes you look really tall! The new jeans look fun and could be a good way to get the trend in. I have been resisting but now I want to check those out.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Wooohooo! Excellent shopping, Suz!

    KILLER boxy striped shirt. Yes! It has structure in all the right places. Shorter length, arm skin, and great collar! Yes, the proportions work well with crops. Super trendy. 

    KILLER white barrel pants.

    I like the white top too! Not nearly as punchy as the stripe. V-neck is a little deep, but the collar helps, adding back some structure ;)

    LOVE the beach jeans. KILLER. 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thanks, Angie! Yes, I am gravitating more often to Vs. This one is perhaps deeper than i would ideally like, but for a very casual top meant for the hottest days, I think it is ok. Glad you like the striped top. It's a fun cut.

    , I don't think it will feel too "drafty" in my summer climate. I wouldn't wear it on cooler days. 

    Robin, if it makes me look tall, I will take it! :) 

    Zaeobi, I think this type of neckline is much more available this year than in some other years. As Angie says, the collar adds back a bit of structure, which helps (for my body type modifiers, I mean.) 

    Debbie, Jasmine, thanks! Debbie, I'll look forward to seeing your version of the top! 

    Carla, that looks like a great outfit and we will be outfit cousins all summer because I'm also a sucker for blue and white stripes. 

    Mirjana, Kyle, thanks, and Kyle, you're so right about the styling. 

    Slim cat, thank you. Janet, yes, these jeans would be way too short on you unless they come in lengths (which they might -- I didn't check.) 

    Dee, give cargos a try! At least a try on. I think they'd look great on you.

    Olive Green -- thank you.  I definitely skew more casual in summer just due to lifestyle factors. I don't teach in a classroom in the summer, and I am out and about hiking, biking, gardening, etc. even more than in other months. 

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